.Last week I was Inspired by Amy from The Hmmm… Schooling Mom. So, I decided I wanted to interview my second grade homeschooler. After reading the interviews with her two boys; Interview With a Ten-Year-Old Homeschooler & Interview With a Nine-Year-Old Homeschooler, I was curious to see how my own homeschooler of similar age would respond to her questions.
Here is my interview with a second grade homeschooler.
Izzy is currently 8 years old He has been homeschooled his whole life. During this time his older brother, T, has gone back and forth between school and homeschooling. Mickey Blue and Little Lou, Izzy’s 2 younger brothers, aren’t school-aged yet. Izzy is a complete sweetheart with a great sense of humour and he’s always goofing around and trying to make us laugh. He took this interview very seriously though and it was really fun to see another side of him.
Question: How old are you and how long have you been homeschooling?
Answer: 8, and I’ve been homeschooling for my whole life.I think it's interesting that homeschooled kids almost always say they've been homeschooled their… Click To Tweet
Question: What is your favourite thing about homeschooling?
Answer: I get a lot of free recess because most kids don’t get that much in regular school.
Question: What is your least favourite thing about homeschooling?
Answer: Nothing. I love everything about homeschooling.
Question: If someone asked you what homeschooling is or what you do all day, what would you tell them?
Answer: Math, phonics, bible, sometimes play, go outside and play, sometime eat lunch while I’m working, play drums on Monday and Tuesday.
Question: Describe your perfect homeschooling day…
Answer: A day when I’m feeling really into school and I have a day off from dictation or copywork because I worked really hard and finished a poem or writing a letter. If we get to go for a long hike or go swimming. And getting to jump on mom’s bed with Mickey Blue (2).
Question: Do you think you would ever be interested in going to public school?
Answer: Yes and no.
Answer: Because I could meet more people and make lots of friends. But I wouldn’t want to go because of bully’s, having 6 hours of school because we only have to do an hour of school at home.
Question: What do you wish you could do more of?
Answer: Go on more hikes, and have more days to go swimming after school, have more time to spend with mom.
Question: How do you learn best, by seeing, hearing or doing?
Answer: Seeing – like seeing someone do it first.
Question: What do you think you might want to have as a job when you are an adult?
Answer: Singing, carving (wood), archeologist, maybe a carpenter.
Question: If you have children, will you homeschool them?
Answer: Probably. It depends what my wife would want for them.
Question: What does homeschooling mean?
Answer: It’s doing school at home and just being registered with a program but not actually working with a program.
Question: Do you like being around your brothers all the time?
Answer: Yes and sometimes no. Sometimes Mickey fights me too hard and hits and kicks me. Sometimes he loves playing with me a lot.
Question: Do you think you would have the same relationship with your brothers if you went to school?
Answer: Probably not. I wouldn’t get to see them as much.
Question: What is your absolute favourite thing you’ve learned?
Answer: I think writing. I like writing stories and I think it’s really fun and it’s amazing to be able to do it. It’s the best thing in the world!
Pretty insightful little guy! I love that he is so creative. He has an amazing imagination and he gets to spend his days using it. And I had no idea he wanted to be an archaeologist! Time for a unit study on rocks and fossils!
So what do you think your homeschooler would say? Were you surprised by anything my child said?
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Dinner time is not my favourite time of day. And especially not when you have little ones with dinner time meltdowns. We all know that things change once you have kids. There are many things that we sacrifice for the love of these little beings.
The music we listen to in the car.
Eating a hot meal.
Enjoying any of these things in silence.
The end of the day is always tough and we’re guaranteed to have a few dinner time meltdowns!
Well my friend, I am here to tell you, we have found the secret weapon for bringing you back at least two of your long forgotten luxuries!
For less than $10 you can bring back sanity to the dinner time hour.
I don’t know what dinner time is like in your house, but it is often very noisy in our household. Truth be told, it’s always really noisy in our house. But, dinner time holds its own special honor. Usually by this time of the day, Mickey Blue, our toddler who no longer naps, is winding down and becomes very whiny and uncooperative. Little Lou, the baby of the family, becomes exceptionally clingy. This also happens to be the time when my poor husband usually arrives home. And the dance begins.
Here, you hold the baby so that I can chop up the vegetables. Insert loud tired crying.
Okay, I’ll hold the baby, you chop the vegetables.
At which point Mickey Blue will usually come around the corner to ask for a television show.
Back to prepping dinner while dad happily plays with the baby. Oh, wait, nope, Lou needs to nurse NOW.
Okay, we’re back at it, dad with baby and me prepping food.
And by the way, it’s now dark outside. Did anyone batten down the chicken coop? Collect the eggs and do a head count?
Okay, give Lou back to me.
Joel heads out to settle the birds, donning a fashionable headlamp.
Despite all the interruptions, dinner gets made. Feeling a little worse for the wear and totally frazzled, we sit down to eat.
Okay, that’a lie too.
One of us sits and the other stands while holding the baby. One of us tries to get Mickey Blue interested in his dinner while now giving Izzy some attention as well. Is your dinner hour similar to ours?NO MORE DINNER TIME MELTDOWNS!!! For less than $10 you too can have a warm, quiet meal! Click To Tweet
For less than $10 we have transformed our dinner hour from a time of chaos and cold food to a calm, slightly quieter, warm meal where we all get to sit.
How exactly did we achieve this?
You might not believe me if I tell you. But, I swear it’s the truth.
We hung up swings in our dining room! I’m not sure if we’re crazy or geniuses! But it worked!
My husband purchased 2 heavy duty ceiling anchor eyelets and installed them in the ceiling beam. The anchors were just over 2 dollar each. Little Lou loved it! He stayed in the swing happily for over 1/2 an hour.
And it was such a big hit that we actually installed a second swing for Mickey Blue.
We already owned the actual swings from our playground outside. For Lou we have the Little Tykes 2 in 1 Snug ‘n Secure Swing. It’s been well used as we got it back when Mickey Blue was little.
For Mickey we have a seat from our playground outside (Swing-n-Slide Green Swing Seat).
It’s been a week and we’re still going strong! No more (well, okay…fewer) dinner time meltdowns!
Joel and I both sit for dinner now (can you imagine!). I push Lou while I eat. Mickey swings like superman behind Joel while he eats. Izzy gets to share all his daily stories because his brothers aren’t interrupting. And we all eat while the food is still hot.
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So what do you think? Genius? Or crazy?
Would you put up swings in your dining room? What have you done to survive dinner time meltdowns? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!
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